Jefferson County Sheriff
Colleen O’Neill is a life long resident of the north country. She was raised in the Clayton/Lafargeville area and lives in Lafargeville now.
Ms. O’Neill graduated from the New York State Police academy in 1984 and rose through the ranks over her 28 year career. She held the position of Trooper, field training officer, firearms instructor, Sergeant, Investigator and Senior Investigator.
She retired with distinction in 2012. She was in charge of the Alexandria Bay Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit at that time.
Noteworthy assignments included Medicolegal Investigator at the Forensic Investigations Center, Protection detail for Governor George Pataki and she has been a staff member of the International Henry F Williams homicide seminar.
In January 2014, Ms O’Neill announced her candidacy for Jefferson County Sheriff, a position her father, Alfred O’Neill, held from 1977 to 1985. She won the primary in September and the general election on November 4, 2014. She was sworn in as the 58th Jefferson County Sheriff on January 2, 2015.
Connect with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office here.
Jefferson County Treasurer
“I began my career at Watertown Savings Bank in 1980 as a teller, was transferred to the checking account department for another couple of years and then transferred to the accounting department as an account clerk and ended up as supervisor of the accounting department for the remaining 13 of my 18 years at the bank. After that, I acquired my designation as a Certified Public Accounting while working for a public accounting firm in Syracuse, NY where I specialized in auditing financial institutions.
While at the Fagliarone Group, later Beard Miller Company, I held the position of senior audit manager primarily in charge of internal and external auditing for approximately a dozen financial institutions ranging in size from $20 million in assets up to approximately $500 million in assets. I returned to the Watertown area to work for Sovie and Bowie, now Bowers and Company, where I specialized in auditing rural development projects, non-profit agencies and governmental auditing. In addition, I prepared tax returns for individuals and not for profit agencies.
I have been the Jefferson County Treasurer since 2011 and am responsible for the preparing the annual financial statements, overseeing the annual audit, the collection of taxes and the safekeeping of public funds.
Outside of work, I am the Treasurer of the Jefferson County SPCA, a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State County
Treasurers’ and Finance Officers’ Association of which I was the Treasurer in 2014, and am sitting on the board of the NYS Government Finance Officers Association.”
Connect with the Jefferson County Treasure’s office here.